Parole Agent II Specialist to Supervisor conversion is occurring throughout the state. A grievance has been filed based on violations of the signed agreement from the negotiation table that concluded in November. Some individual grievances have also been filed. State Personnel Board appeals may also be pursued on these violations. CPAT positions and existing PA II Specialist positions were not going to be converted, according to the management team at these negotiations. Promotions have also occurred in Region IV, with the freeze lifted for these PA II Supervisor positions.

Reintegration model (53-1 caseloads) workload negotiations were held with DPA only one day in December. There was no agreement and it is anticipated that negotiations will resume after the first of the year. It is absolutely imperative that agents who are supervising caseloads with this new model contact team members to let them know how the new supervision procedures are progressing. Team members are: Gilbert Gil, John Bostick, Shawn Wilson, and I.

Out of class pay pursuant to MOU Section 9.07 continues to be a problem. There are a few grievances moving forward. Agents, who are acting in out of class positions and not being compensated, continue to contact me. We will continue to monitor this and file more grievances if necessary.

Negotiations for the Division of Rehabilitative Services (DRP)(previously OSATS)/DAPO merger concluded without an agreement, however, we have asked for mediation believing that there are still open topics that were unresolved. The OSATS agents have moved under DAPO jurisdiction. Training issues have not yet been resolved.

Whether you have a 154-point caseload or a 53-1 caseload and you are unable to complete the job requirements within your work hours you should request overtime. It is important that if you need overtime, you request it via email for a paper trail. If it is not approved, send a second email noting that you will not be able to meet your caseload specs and put it in your files for future reference. If you have vacation during the month and cannot complete your work, document that also. There are reports in Region IV that agents have to modify their vacation schedules to get reports and other work done. Let your PAAC reps know if this is occurring in our area.

Grievances are being filed at units that have excess points and Policy 08-08 is not being followed. If your unit is experiencing that situation, fax a copy of your unit workload to me at 916-447-1532.

There continues to be confusion with many processes associated with AB 109 that is driving additional work for agents. Please contact the negotiation team member from your region or your PAAC representatives to provide all workload issues associated with AB 109. Team members are Matt Hill, Ed Stinnett, John Bostick, Karen Cox and I. The early release of parolees doing revocation time in local jails and alternative custody options, being utilized by the jails, creates various situations that are not all being addressed. There should be no parolees placed in revocation status if they were arrested after October 1st, since they are all serving their time in local jails.

There is a “proposed” new weapons policy that is being vetted with regional administrators. It is not clear if this policy, which includes shotguns and pistol mounted lights, will be for all agents or just the CPAT agents. There is also a policy proposal for agents to wear their vests all the time.

The first group of DJJ agents graduated from the parole agent academy on December 16th. FTO agents are currently training this graduating class. The second academy will begin January 9th.

We continue to see Internal Affairs investigations and adverse actions related to ANT processes. Read the policy, on the intranet, to ensure you are adhering to the DAPO policy. Although ANT quick tests are purchased by CDCR, there is still not a policy in place for use of those tests. Therefore, it is unknown how the department views the results of these tests as they relate to caseload specifications.

The State’s contribution toward Unit 6 members health benefit plans will increase effective January 1, 2012.

Rebate checks were mailed to approximately 12,000 participants in the CCPOA Medical Plan who were enrolled in the plan during 2010 and range between $130.44 and $436.37. This refund was based on a pledge by Blue Shield to limit their annual net income to 2% of revenue and to give back any excess to their customers and community.

The next PAAC General Membership Meeting is tentatively planned for February 11th in Region II. The information will be posted and mailed out as soon as the location is determined.

CCPOA State Board will meet on January 20th & 21st at Capitol Plaza Holiday Inn, 300 J Street, Sacramento, CA.

CCPOA 2012 Convention will be held at the Peppermill, Reno, Nevada on August 29th and 30th, with the State Board meeting on the 28th.